Editorial: Catalysis: An Enigmatic Discipline


  • Dr. Peter Gölitz,

  • Dr. Michael A. Rowan


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Editorial 2012: A quick rundown of last year and an introduction to the next. Expect more great catalysis, more breakthroughs, and more quality.

The introduction of a catalysis journal that spanned all of the main catalysis disciplines was thought to be unnecessary before Wiley-VCH and ChemPubSoc Europe (with the German Catalysis Society, GeCats, as a supporter) formed ChemCatChem. Since the fall of 2009, publications in ChemCatChem have represented some of the finest contributions to catalysis from all fields of chemistry. Our ability to reach across the boundaries of catalysis has proven to be an attractive and welcome addition to the family of journals produced by Wiley-VCH in collaboration with 14 European chemical societies. Following in the footsteps of Angewandte Chemie, we have maintained the high quality expected of both our reviewing and editing process. This is reflected by our excellent first Impact Factor of 3.345! Additionally, our immediacy index is second to none in the field of catalysis and ranks in the top 20 for all physical chemistry journals!

In 2011, ChemCatChem continued to grow at a steady pace and continued to receive articles from all parts of the globe. Shown in Figure 1 are the top 7 countries ranked according to the number of accepted manuscripts in ChemCatChem. The rest of the world category is made up of over 20 countries. Figure 2 is a wall of the most often used keywords; the more papers containing that keyword, the bigger the font. The ability of ChemCatChem to publish catalysis in all its forms has really been a benefit to the catalyst community, if one of these keywords interests you please go to our home page and see where the keywords can take you. An appraisal of the quality of our manuscripts can be made by reading through the most accessed manuscripts of 2011, which are displayed in Table 1 and represent some of the best catalysis reading anywhere.

Figure 1.

A pie chart describing accepted manuscripts distribution by country.

Figure 2.

A keyword wall; the size of the word is governed by the frequency of use.

Table 1. The ten most accessed ChemCatChem articles in 2011.
Pierre A. Jacobs, Bert F. Sels et al.Catalytic Conversion of CelluloseMinireview2011, 3, 82
Ye Wang et al.Novel Catalysts for Fischer–Tropsch Synthesis: Tuning the Product SelectivityReview2010, 2, 1030
Holger Dau, Christian Limberg, Peter Strasser et al.The Mechanism of Water Oxidation: From Electrolysis via Homogeneous to Biological CatalysisReview2010, 2, 724
Sébastien Royer, Daniel DuprezCatalytic Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide over Transition Metal OxidesReview2011, 3, 24
Fiora Rosati, Gerard RoelfesArtificial MetalloenzymesReview2010, 2, 916
Robert J. Davis et al.X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of Bimetallic Pt–Re Catalysts for Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol to PropanediolsFull Paper2010, 2, 1107
Sander van Donk et al.Overview and Industrial Assessment of Synthesis Strategies towards Zeolites with MesoporesMinireview2011, 3, 67
Yinghuai Zhu et al.Magnetic Nanocomposites: A New Perspective in CatalysisMinireview2010, 2, 365
Ye Xu, George W. Huber et al.Aqueous-Phase Hydrogenation of Acetic Acid over Transition Metal CatalystsCommunication2010, 2, 1420
A. Berkessel et al.Enantiopure Monoprotected cis-1,2-Diaminocyclohexane in Asymmetric OrganocatalysisCommunication2010, 2, 1215

Our new portal, ChemistryViews http://www.chemistryviews.org, and its magazine ChemViews established themselves last year as very useful sites for news, article highlights, and upcoming events and conferences. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the latest information, please try it out. ChemistryViews is another example of the ongoing collaboration between Wiley-VCH and ChemPubSoc Europe.

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“We are delighted and proud of the great success of ChemCatChem. This not only refers to the excellent first impact factor, but we have noticed, while reading the journal articles and talking to many colleagues, that ChemCatChem has within a very short time become a key journal for scientists to disseminate frontier catalysis research from a great range of disciplines.

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For ChemCatChem, we have attended conferences spanning the globe this year, from Detroit, USA, to Bangkok, Thailand. We are very glad that in 2012 ChemCatChem will be again present at conferences throughout the world, including the highlights of the year: the International Congress on Catalysis in Munich and the International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis in Toulouse. We look forward to meeting you there! The reception of ChemCatChem continues to be very positive and we are forging great relationships with our authors. These relationships allow us to produce Special Issues, of which we published three in 2011 and have more planned for 2012.

Led by our guest editor Harald Gröger (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, now at Bielefeld University), issue 2 of 2011 was on the topic of Chemoenzymatic Synthesis. Under his guidance, the issue covered topics such as dynamic kinetic resolution by means of a combination of metal-catalyzed racemization and enzymatic resolution, asymmetric biocatalysis, and photoenzymatic synthesis.

Issue 3 focused on Catalysis for New Energy Technologies for the generation of energy from renewable resources, such as biomass and solar photons, and to increase energy efficiency and lower emissions in the conversion of fossil fuels. Our guest editors De Chen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) and Chang-Jun Liu (Tianjin University) attracted a number of great manuscripts, which covered topics from the application of Fischer–Tropsch for the production of clean liquid fuels to a Review on sustainable H2 production.

Dang Sheng Su (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and Chinese Academy of Science in Shenyang) was the guest editor of issue 6, Advanced Electron Microscopy for Catalysis. Some excellent developments in microscopy and the study of catalysis were reported, including aberration-corrected microscopy, high resolution electron-energy loss spectrometry, and element mapping. Dangsheng Su continues his promotion of Advanced Electron Microscopy with a conference in Berlin in February.

The excellent feedback for these special issues has lead us to plan a series of Special Issues for 2012 on such topics as organocatalysis, nanocatalyst synthesis, and catalytic porous materials. The organocatalysis issue will cover organocatalysts in all forms, especially those that are typically robust, inexpensive, nontoxic, and are easy to synthesize. The next special issue will bring together the nanocatalyst experts to bridge the different aspects of synthesis and function, and hopefully inspire further advances. The special issue covering catalytic porous materials, aims to provide a critical overview of the various strategies to incorporate chemical functionalities in mesoporous materials, highlighting their application in catalysis.

This issue that you are looking at, be it the paper copy or on-screen, brings a range of catalysis, including a fine Review from the group of Buchmeiser on catalysts immobilized on monolithic supports, which covers a wide range of catalysis from metathesis to functionalization by using enzymes (page 30), a Communication by the group of Gaigneaux on the partial oxidation of methanol (page 72), a Full Paper by the group of Yang on the photocatalytic evolution of hydrogen (page 112), and many more. I hope that you enjoy reading it!

2012 brings with it two new journals for Wiley-VCH, ChemPlusChem and Chemistry Open. The latter is the first open access chemical society journal to publish peer-reviewed primary research in all areas of chemistry. As an additional feature, ChemistryOpen will publish short summaries of PhD theses in the Thesis Treasury with a link to the full version. ChemPubSoc Europe and Wiley-VCH have traditionally not only started new journals, but have also given up those that, for one reason or another, could not continue. An example, the Collection of Czechoslovak Chemical Communications, has now been transformed into ChemPlusChem, which is a genuinely multidisciplinary journal that publishes scientific research centering on chemistry. Original papers published will cover at least two different aspects (subfields) of chemistry or one of chemistry and one of another scientific discipline (hence the title ChemPlusChem).

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Finally, we would like to say thank you to our Editorial, Honorary, and International Advisory Board Members and to all of our authors, referees, and readers, for whose continuing support we are very grateful. We wish you every success in 2012, and we look forward to receiving more of your manuscripts over this coming year.

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